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​Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: Do I need an appointment at the Credential Center?
A: Appointments are required for both new and renewal badge applications.

To schedule an appointment go to visit our online scheduler.

If you have questions regarding appointments, please email:
Q: What is needed for employees to drive on the airfield?
A: Ramp insurance is handled by the Port of Seattle, Properties Department. Please email:
Q: Do you accept credit cards?
A: Yes, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express credit cards.
Q: Do you accept personal checks?
A: No, personal checks and cash are not accepted for any payments.
Q: Do you validate parking?
A: Not at this time.


Q: How do I get a badge?
A: The process for getting a badge is outlined on the main ID Badge page.
Q: How much does a badge cost?
A: See the fee schedule section on the main ID Badge page.
Q: Will my badge have access right away?
A: Your company must first complete an Access Authorization Request. This form must be signed by an authorized signator on file in the Credential Center. All contractors and consultants must have a valid Port of Seattle, airline or tenant co-signature on Access Authorization Requests.
Q: When does my badge expire?
A: There is a date across the top of the badge, like "30 NOV 2010." This is the expiration date. Badges expire two years from the issue date or as specified by contract. Badges must be returned upon expiration.
Q: Can ID badges be mailed to the employee or to the company?
A: For security reasons, all ID badges must be picked up in person by the original ID badge applicant.
Q: I have a badge with another company. Do I have to be fingerprinted again for a badge with another company?
A: Yes. A new background check is required for each company that you work for at the airport.
Q: How will I know when my badge is ready?
A: Your company will be notified via e-mail when your backgrounds checks are cleared. Badges must be picked up within 30 days of your badge application receipt. Valid identification must be presented when you pick up your badge.
Q: I committed a crime, but it wasn't one that will prevent me from getting a badge. What paperwork do you need from me?
A: All fingerprint results with records will be reviewed by the airport security coordinator's office. They will determine if your crime was a disqualifying crime and will advise you in writing of the additional requirements (if any).
Q: What crimes will disqualify me from getting a badge?
  1. ​Forgery of certificates, false marking of aircraft, and other aircraft registration violations.
  2. Interference with air navigation.
  3. Improper transportation of a hazardous material.
  4. Aircraft piracy.
  5. Interference with flight crew members or flight attendants.
  6. Commission of certain crimes aboard aircraft in flight.Carrying a weapon or explosive aboard an aircraft.
  7. Conveying false information and threats.
  8. Aircraft piracy outside the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.
  9. Lighting violations involving transporting controlled substances.
  10. Unlawful entry into an aircraft or airport area that serves air carriers or foreign air carriers contrary to established security requirements.
  11. Destruction of an aircraft or aircraft facility.
  12. Murder.
  13. Assault with intent to murder.
  14. Espionage.
  15. Sedition.
  16. Kidnapping or hostage taking.
  17. Treason.
  18. Rape or aggravated sexual abuse.
  19. Unlawful possession, use, sale, distribution, or manufacture of an explosive or weapon.
  20. Extortion.
  21. Armed or Felony unarmed robbery.
  22. Distribution of, or intent to distribute, a controlled substance.
  23. Felony arson.
  24. A Felony involving a threat.
  25. A Felony involving:
    • Willful destruction of property
    • Importation or manufacture of controlled substance
    • Burglary
    • Theft
    • Dishonesty, fraud, or misrepresentation
    • Possession or distribution of stolen property
    • Aggravated assault
    • Bribery
    • Illegal possession of a controlled substance punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of more than 1 year
  26. Violence at international airports.
  27. Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the criminal acts listed above.


Q: How do I sign up to take a class?
A: Visit the training center online scheduler to set up classes for new badges. Visit the credential center online scheduler to set up renewal classes and badge appointments.  
Q: Is there pre-class preparation?
A: There is no pre-class preparation required.



If you still have questions, email us.